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Airport security is a weird, weird thing. Leave your water and your regular-sized shampoo bottles at the door, but by all means, if you’ve got a big lobster that’s still alive, come on down. Bring that sucker right through security and onto your plane as a carry-on item or a checked bag, because claws aren’t…
Other than host reactions and a short clip of what happened, we haven’t gotten much information on The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond’s huge, fiery crash during filming. But Hammond recently sat down to give the details, saying the crash “was like being in a tumble dryer full of bricks going down a hill.”
Buicks aren’t all boring, and they’re not just for the elderly. This youthful little kitten found one roomy enough to climb up in, and a local dealership had to pry the sweet thing out of there after the car’s owner—and other folks at stoplights—heard some loud meowing coming from somewhere near the wheel well.
A Southwest flight into Houston had to divert and land at another airport after a passenger reportedly tried to open an emergency exit mid-flight, according to the Dallas Morning News. Witnesses told the newspaper that she acted erratically before the flight, claiming that the government experimented on her.
The world’s most powerful production car, the nearly $3 million Bugatti Chiron, has been out for almost a year and a half now. But we still don’t know its top speed, and we won’t for a while—a Bugatti test driver said the closer the car gets to 300 mph, the less likely it is that modern tires can handle the pressure.
After ramming each other behind a safety car at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel didn’t sleep it off. In fact, no one in the Formula One universe really did. Hamilton wants to settle things outside of the car, and everyone else seems to be freaking out because there was a skirmish.
Petty business transactions happen in more than just stuffy corporate offices. Sometimes, they trickle down to our beloved race tracks. Two years after a new owner took over a 4.5-mile road course in Utah, the track will go up for auction again thanks to a lawsuit from a bidder that wanted to put housing near it.
Go to a window. Look outside. Make sure it’s not raining upside down or gravity hasn’t stopped working, because the podium at Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix is one of the weirdest Formula One has seen in a long time: Daniel Ricciardo won over Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and known crash machine Lance Stroll.
The 2018 BMW X3 wasn’t supposed to be in front of your eyes until Monday, but the manufacturer’s local website in Hong Kong seems to have dropped the truly riveting new compact SUV a few days early. Yes, it’s hard to care about, but now the top X3 actually gets a decent amount of power.
Well, what do you know? Lewis Hamilton is on the pole for Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Naturally, Ferrari is on the second row with Kimi Raikkonen starting third and Sebastian Vettel fourth. The McLaren-Hondas are... near the back. The full lineup is here.
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You know the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS? The one that’s supposed to be the most powerful 911 ever? Apparently it’s sold out, but if you ask the folks at Porsche, they won’t say. In fact, they won’t say anything. Porsche has yet to even acknowledge the new GT2 RS’ existence.
The idea seems straightforward enough: promote women in racing by creating an all-new series, just for women. A plan for one landed in the inbox of several pro drivers this week. But it’s instead been called out by those who see deeper problems here, tugging at the core of these women’s very desire to race.
If the youth haven’t told you lately—it’s not cool to talk to adults, after all—little devices called “fidget spinners” are all the rage right now. And because it’s a sensation that’s sweeping more than just this nation, our friends from the land of wacky dash-cam videos decided to weld three cars into a giant spinner.
A few months ago, I rode on the back of a MotoAmerica racing motorcycle at Circuit of the Americas and it terrified the life out of me. Most of you were pretty terrified by it, too. But I have some news that will make me sound much less hardcore: A brave 91-year-old woman did the same thing recently.
McLaren-Honda’s Formula One team is bad, and it’s not because of the drivers. It’s because the team’s car tends to break and its engine tends to fail. But not to worry, friends and fans of Fernando Alonso—reports are that Honda will bring a slightly less miserable engine to the upcoming Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
This was supposed to be Toyota’s year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a great start to the season and a record-setting pole run for the race. But fate wouldn’t have that, and a bizarre, poorly placed thumbs-up said to be for encouragement eventually led the dominant car to have race-ending mechanical problems.
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is full of funky styling and harsh angles, to the real annoyance of lots of folks out there. But the strange three-exhaust-pipe layout on the back of the car actually serves a purpose, and it could be more useful than you thought for touring your Type R around on longer trips.